Veronica F. Johnson @vfieldsjohnson@leonicka Hi @leonicka thank you for taking questions! What level of editing would you recommend for an aspiring author's manuscript before submitting to an agent? Copy, Line, Developmental or all 3?
All of the above! Send the agent the best draft you can. You don’t want to be rejected for something you knew you had to fix. Don’t start querying if you’re still circulating the draft for feedback. #askagent
Léonicka @leonickaI LOVE this Q and am running a workshop on it June 12.
Short A: Self-publishing is amazing if Self has the skills and resources to fill the function of a publisher.
Functions of publisher incl:
-prepare product for market (incl editing, typesetting, cover design)
-produce product (incl print and bind)
-market product (incl identify target audience and convert them to readers)
-distribute product (incl warehouse, ship, fulfillment)
Dayle Olson (she/her) 🌈 @daylejean@leonicka Hi Leonicka, if a PB query has been submitted to an agent, but later the MS undergoes a significant revision, is it a good (or bad) idea to follow-up with the agent to ask if they would like to see the revised MS?
Great Q! If I haven’t responded to the query yet, it’s fine for writers to nudge me letting me know they have a revised version. I wouldn’t want to reject them based on something they’ve already fixed. #askagent
Unnerving @UnnervingBooksNew #podcast episode!
Lit agent @SandyLuBookWyrm talks query letters, pitches, & what to avoid when seeking representation
@huntershea1 gets squatchy, talking BIGFOOT IN THE BRONX (@severedpress). @thebrianasman joins to chat his latest, NUNCHUCK CITY
Local Loc @zyon_h@leonicka Hi I was wondering if when your queries reopen if you would be interested in a story about a young Japanese girl befriending and being trained by an all-powerful goddess?
Sarah M. Chen @sarahmchen@UweStenderPhD If I query with a YA but then you request pages and read it and say it's adult, is that an automatic pass because I didn't categorize it correctly?
No, not if I love the book. THOUGH, it could be problematic. If I love BOTH chamomile tea and raspberry tea, and I ordered chamomile, but you give me raspberry, I may still not like it for THAT singular reason.
Elle Grey @ElleGrey9@UweStenderPhD At what point do you cut your loses and scrap a ms? Is there a certain number of rejections? Or wait a period of time and try again?
As long as there are still legitimate agents around, query.
Sarah Floyd @kidlitSarah@UweStenderPhD I signed a contract with a publisher shortly Before they made a serious, very public error in judgment, which has negatively impacted their reputation. In your opinion, will their authors carry the burden of the damaged reputation, like guilty by association? Thank you!
I don't know. Unless you are in publishing, most people just buy the book and don't care or know who the publisher, the editor, the agent etc. is.
Laura Wetsel @LauraWetsel@UweStenderPhD I see you're looking for a YA like TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE-- would you be interested if the romcom vibe of that title were crossed w/ something more politically provocative like MOXIE (but instead set in 2003 w/ the subtext being 9/11)?
Historical YA...maybe, if the book is great. I love both comps.
Angelika Anna @Angelika_Ch@UweStenderPhD How important are comps in the query letter? A nice addition or a must-have?
They help, for sure, because they show you "have done your homework."
Dr. Sara Kapadia @sarakapadia@UweStenderPhD #askagent
Is it advisable to query agents who have passed on a full with a different book?
Sure. I never reject the author, just the book. I have several clients whose first two or three queries I rejected, but loved the newest one.
Nancy Parish @nancyparish@UweStenderPhD Welcome back!! Is there a market in YA for cozy mysteries? #askagent
Well...cozies are usually not involving teenagers, but I don't know. I guess it depends on the book.
My alignment is Chaotic Guilt @Beckswrites4@UweStenderPhD How much time should pass before I consider no answer to *be* a pass? This is for an initial query which fits MSWL.
(I get my second shot next Friday!🧡)
I will always respond, unless I have an OOO message <as currently> that defines when I respond. Thus, if this refers to me, one or the other is in play. With other agents, I don't really know. I would write them off after 6 weeks, personally.
Laura Wetsel @LauraWetsel@UweStenderPhD Do you think a query should include whether the manuscript is currently being considered by other agents? (As in, other agents have requested the full ms)
Not really. I always assume you are querying other agents. As. You. Should/Must. Don't limit your choices.
faith a. villanueva @faithavills@UweStenderPhD do you anticipate that contemporary fiction is going to acknowledge the pandemic, or will future novels exist in a parallel universe where COVID-19 never existed? #askagent
I have no idea. I assume they will acknowledge it.
TJ @jjexists@UweStenderPhD What do you look for in a first chapter submission that interests you enough to ask for more pages?
I only want to see a query. If I like it, I will request. I don't request 10 pages.
ann zhao @annzhao_@UweStenderPhD if this is something you can share (totally understand if it's not!), how many queries do you get in a typical week?
At least 30 a day, so at least 210 each week for 52 weeks.
Shanice | Wakanda Forever @twixsftbl@UweStenderPhD So I wonder... when you rep someone what’s the process for film/tv rights to be sold?
I handle the film rights, and depending on the project, and circumstances, I sometimes work with co-agents, but on a non exclusive basis.